• Why HR?

    How to become a newbie speaker?

    How to become a speaker from a beginner. So I had no idea that I was considered to be a speaker and an influencer until recently. I am not self proclaimed at all and the only reason I am writing this is because someone came and asked me so how did you get started? I haven’t been doing this long so I can definitely answer as someone who is just starting. I can say with confidence I kinda just fell in to it. I wasn’t looking for it. I just asked the SHRM Foundation to let me publicly thank the people who helped pay for my first SHRM conference scholarship…

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  • Leadership & Motivation

    Women are Strong Leaders!

    This weekend I decided to have one of those weekends filled with relaxing and fun chill activities.  This means it would be a movie filled weekend focusing on strong women. Why? Because when I was looking for a movie the first suggestion was the Stepford Wives.  I don’t really like to make too many decisions on Saturday’s and Sunday’s specially when I am always making decisions at work.  I truly like to let my mind take a break.  I know that this movie is cheesy and very unreal, but it was cool. So don’t judge me and read on!  If you never had the delight to watch the movie then…

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  • SHRM,  Why HR?

    Give So We Can Move Forward Together

    Have you ever sat down and asked yourself why did you join SHRM?  Was it originally because you wanted to grow as an HR pro or was it because you were looking for that next great opportunity?   Yesterday at the SHRM Foundation’s luncheon, I had the chance to meet this year’s conference scholarship winners.  This was their first time attending this mega conference and I could see their excitement and gratitude on their face. Brandi Levanel, a scholarship winner, mentioned how she volunteers to be able to give back to the community. This opportunity to help her is the reason that many of us give to the foundation.  In…

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  • HR Truth

    I am Not the Scary HR Darth Vader

    Let me tell you, if there is one thing that truly grinds my gears is that perception that just because I am in HR I am scary. Don’t get me wrong, I get it! But in today’s world, we are not suppose to judge people for preconceived ideas, but this is what happens all the time with us. Let me tell you, this is so frustrating for me because I love talking to people. I love hearing about everything from the name of your puppy to your favorite movie. That allows me to build a good relationship and truly relate to you. I am a huge Star Wars fan and…

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  • SHRM

    Helpful #SHRM18 Quick Tips: How to Meet New People

    The best advice that I can give you when preparing to go to this year’s SHRM18 conference is to wear a smile and say hi to everyone. Trust me I know that not everyone can just go up at random and say hi to someone they don’t know. Let me give you a few winning tips. First, body language is everything. 1-Body Language: Want to Connect If you see someone with a smile on their face and their arms are by their side while their hands seem open, go to them they are waiting to say hello and meet someone. If you see someone with their fists on their hips…

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  • Leadership & Motivation,  Social Gravity

    If It’s Broken Help Them Fix It

    Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor statistics the average worker will have 10 completely different jobs by the time they are forty? I hate to admit it, but I fall right in to that category. I have been an assistant network administrator, a web designer, a medical equipment supply sales rep, a teller, a new accounts rep, a Sr loan processor, a helicopter mechanic, a maintenance supervisor, a supply rep, an HR manager, a recruiter, a talent acquisition manager, and now a Sr. HR Generalist. Wow, I have held 13 different jobs in the past 17 years. Let’s just say I started very young and there…

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  • Leadership & Motivation,  Social Gravity

    The Power of Social Gravity in HR

    If you were to ask anyone to describe me I am sure they would say “Cici is outgoing and energetic.” Even as a young professional, I always made an effort to get to know people. This need to get to know people has helped me immensely because it has allowed me to use my network to get myself and my company out of trouble. Why? Because people are more willing to help you when you are nice! That is a fact. In HR, this ability to build and keep relationships is crucial. Luckily for me, I am a natural. Let me tell you a story About a time that this…

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  • Retention

    Want to Keep Your People? Then Protect What they Care About!

    When I was playing with the idea to make a move, I sat down and asked myself what is important to me? As I sat down, my little girl came up to me and said “Mommy, I am hungry and I want a snack!” That’s when it hit me! This little girl means the world to me. I made up my mind at that moment: My move will be based upon what is best for my family. I have Onboarded a couple hundred new employees and the question that I love to ask is what motivates you to come to work every day? The answers are always around: Family, Money…

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  • Leadership & Motivation

    Always Have a Positive Employee Engagement Attitude

    The morning is the most important part of your day. Why? Because that sets the mood for the rest of your day. The first thing that I do after I get up is go to the gym and spend at least 10 min on the bike making small daily goals. These goals help me stay productive and accomplish my long term goals. In a manufacturing environment where everyone is going a million miles per hour it is so easy to get swept away by the current. Don’t let that happen and anchor yourself to your priorities and reach those daily goals! Trust me, it will make a world of difference.…

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  • Leadership & Motivation

    2 Questions to Ask to Increase Motivation

    Over the past 15 years, I have been in a leadership position in various roles from maintenance supervisor to now a Sr. HR Generalist.  As a leader, the toughest job we have is to figure out how to successfully motivate and encourage our people to come to work happy and give us 110% every day.  In the military, I learned early on that a title alone will not motivate people to make the job happen. Since I became a Sr. HR Generalist, one of my favorite things to do is New Employee Onboarding, AKA NEO. I know that seems insane, but I love being able to connect and to get…

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